|Name||Drayton Parslow Village School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||18 April 2013|
|Address||Main Road, Drayton Parslow, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK17 0JR|
|Religious Character||Does not apply|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||11.9%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||Yes|
Information about this school
This is a smaller-than-average infant school. It serves the village and local area as well as families from further afield. The vast majority of pupils come from a White British background. The proportion of pupils eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for children in the care of the local authority, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families, is below average. The proportion of disabled pupils or who have special educational needs and receive support through school action is below average. The proportion being supported through school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is also below average. Pupils are taught in three classes each morning. Years 1 and 2 are taught together as one class each afternoon. Since September, a number of new appointments have been made to the leadership of the school and the governing body. The school became part of a hard federation with Mursley Church of England Infant School in March this year. The governors of the two federated schools formed a single governing body during the inspection. The federation continues to work in very close collaboration with Swanbourne Church of England Junior School, and the three schools are led by an executive headteacher. The executive headteacher for the three schools left the week before the inspection and has been replaced by an interim headteacher until a substantive appointment is made.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Children get off to a good start in the Reception class and achieve well because of the wide range of activities on offer that are well matched to children’s individual needs. Pupils’ attainment by the end of Year 2 is high. Any fluctuations, such as the dip in writing standards in 2012, are quickly identified and actions taken to address them. Progress is good across the school for all groups of pupils because leaders and teachers check how well pupils are doing regularly to check that none is falling behind Parents, carers, staff and pupils all agree that pupils’ behaviour is good. Pupils enjoy coming to school and are kept safe. Their attendance is good. Teaching and learning are good and at times outstanding. Teachers plan interesting activities that ensure pupils are keen to learn. Additional adults and teachers support individuals or groups effectively. The interim headteacher is supported well by a team of senior and middle leaders who have a clear shared vision for the school. Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They use their knowledge about how well pupils are doing to hold leaders to account. Governors have taken measures to make sure that the school is effectively led while a new substantive headteacher is appointed. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Pupils’ attainment in writing does not yet consistently match their attainment in reading and mathematics. Not enough teaching is outstanding. In some lessons, pupils are not always moved on quickly enough to more challenging work. Teachers sometimes step in too quickly so that pupils miss the chance to learn from others or to take responsibility for their own learning.